Mack Brown stars as a college football star who's expelled after a
night club brawl. The fight is over St. Louis Lou (Jeanette Loff) aka
"The Missouri Nightingale," the woman who owns the club and is involved
with a gambler.
June 26, 2015 Subject:
Wonderful Performance From Jeanette Loff
This is a great B-movie from 1934 starring the beautiful and talented Jeanette Loff. She seems to have been forgotten today but she was a popular starlet in the early 1930s.
Johnny Mack Brown is Jim Warren, a college football player with a sweet girlfriend (Roberta Gale). One night he goes to a nightclub to see "St. Louis Lou" (Jeanette Loff) sing. Jim gets into a fight that gets him
kicked off the team and expelled from school. When Lou finds out he is broke she convinces her gangster boyfriend Harry (Earle Foxe) to give Jim a job on his professional football team. Warren tries to sabotage
Jim's career but Lou steps in and makes sure he is a success. Lou falls in love with Jim which makes Warren even angrier. She tells Warren she wants to marry Jim and lead a normal life with "respectability".
Meanwhile Jim's forgotten girlfriend wants him to go back to school and become a doctor. Lou will do anything to keep Jim happy even if that means closing down her nightclub or committing a murder.
Johnny Mack Brown and Jeanette Loff make a great on screen team - they also starred together in the 1928 silent Annapolis. The highlight of the film is Jeanette singing two lovely songs. She wears some fantastic costumes too, Sadly this was one of Jeanette's final films. She took her own life a few years later.
August 8, 2013 Subject:
A Woman's Picture (Bring tissues)
Disguised at first as a football picture, things turn turgid almost from the start. Older woman infatuates college boy and everything goes to hell until the tepid ending. Johnny Mack Brown brings a sincerity to his part. After he left MGM in 1931 Brown worked in several roles for several Poverty Row or "B" units of Universal and Paramount and others before hitting his stride a popular western star. The female leads Jeanette Loff and Roberta Gale are awful and they would be out of pictures in short time. I mean pathetic.
Behind the camera, the story was concocted by Elwood Ullman and Jack Natteford, who both would have long careers. Ullman writing comedy shorts and feature films for The Three Stooges. Natteford writing mostly good westerns. Sam Katzman ran the whole production and he went on to be a major "B" producer with his own company Victory Pictures, Monogram, Columbia and MGM where in the 1960's he produced several Elvis Presley films. The only other real standout in this mostly unknown cast is Tom London, who is most convincing as a football coach. Mostly seen in westerns into the 1960's this is a side of him we didn't see much.
Production values are pretty good for an 80 year old film. Picture and sound quality is fine. For buffs and Johnny Mack Brown devotees only as a curio.